DAVID SETH BRASS
ARTIST`S STATEMENT



The same ideologies that draw me to live my life to the fullest motivate me to sculpt in stone.

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Art Critic and Historian John T. Spike Ph.D reviewing my work in Florence, Italy, Exhibition -DAVID SETH BRASS ARTIST`S STATEMENT
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Art Critic and Historian John T. Spike Ph.D reviewing my work in Florence, Italy, Exhibition
I view life as a privilege and a blessing. I often tell people that we can set a new direction for ourselves in the course of one day. Certainly responsibilities can act as the keel on a sailboat and direct us to continue on a straight course, as we may have sailed for so long. But the strong winds of desire, hope, prayer and unshakeable passion can fill our sails full of wind, and the course of our lives can be changed, even as we maintain our responsibilities.

As I fly over the southern tip of Greenland, headed eventually to Sweden, I reflect on what stone and sculpture is to me. In its raw state stone is about the formation of our environment, our Earth. Stone is my medium of choice, with a natural palette which is more beautiful, more complex and challenging than any other material I could imagine. It requires bold chiseling and risk taking with each tap of my hammer.

Stone can be fragile to sculpt, yet permanent as an art form. Stone has carried our ancestors upon it and when we are no longer here, it cradles our remains. As I sculpt stone I feel the presence of Michelangelo. I taste the dust that Constantine Brancusi and Jose de Creeft felt upon their lips when they were alive. I know the enchanting pleasure that my good friend Jane Armstrong has known through her eighth decade. It is the love of the stone that is shared by so many who have been drawn to this material for so long.

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My two best girls -DAVID SETH BRASS ARTIST`S STATEMENT
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My two best girls
I am self-taught, relying on my imagination, technical skills, and passion to sculpt stylized interpretations of figurative and wildlife sculpture. Originality is a key requisite within my body of work, for which I take pride. However, I am not foolish enough to think that every other artist`s work I see doesn`t leave an impression upon my mind. As I am self-taught, I am also educated by everyone and everything that touches my life.

The development of a concept and its execution is an exciting and challenging experience. I am asked about this frequently, so I will take you through an example of the process, with the following explanation. I dream frequently of what I will carve in stone. A beautiful, rare, rectangular block of Italian Portoro marble sits in my studio. It is an incredibly gorgeous black marble with gold veining, or matrix, with the look of liquid precious metal set within it. I sometimes sit by the woodstove, in a rocking chair, sipping a glass of wine, as I stare at this stone.

At night my dream is that of the story of Icarus and his flight towards the sun. The wax holding his hand-made, feather wings together begins to melt, as he flies higher and higher into the heat. Icarus then plummets into the sea, to his death. The melting wax of his wings is perfectly and naturally depicted by the gold veining within this block of Italian marble. In my dreams, and in the light of day, the thrill of the concept, and the story, run through me. I will create this work of art. And when it is completed, I will breathe a fresh breath of inspiration, and soon a new sculpture will be brought to life from within another stone.

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My Son Adam with former Rockies Manager, Jim Tracy -DAVID SETH BRASS ARTIST`S STATEMENT
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My Son Adam with former Rockies Manager, Jim Tracy


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